This may perhaps be the best sci-fi film I have ever seen. The cast is great, the narrative is perfect, and the technicals are breathtaking. It also serves as a post-apocalyptic movie, and may just be the best pick from that genre as well. It makes all of the scenarios seem so realistic, thusly making its point hit closer to home.
Sure, Interstellar has its share of imperfections. There was little backstory on how earth got to be so dystopian, along with not establishing what year it actually is. And of course, the plot holes in the film are countless. But with a film of this magnitude, a few plot holes that take deep-analytics to uncover are expected and accepted. However, the only thing that I nitpicked about was the lack of attention and concern about Cooper seeing his son upon his final return. He immediately asks about his daughter, but never once asks about his son, or if he’s even alive. This bothered me a little, but was only a minute detail at the end.
But among all of these issues, the biggest problem is that the concepts in the film may be a little too deep for about 90% of its audience. The script is incredibly wise and smart, and the lengthy runtime is necessary, but in the last 30 minutes the audience has to really be on their toes because it gets very abstract and heavy with information.
You can complain all you want about the given scenarios, but within the universe of the film, things were pretty tight. With really good movies, it’s hard to write a review without sounding like the distribution company paid you, but this really is a fun film to watch. It has all the elements of a perfect sci-fi, and much like Children of Men, it places it in the reality of our own backyard to get us to look at the film as an actuality, rather than just a metaphor.
We want movies that answer “what if?” and when we see that question resolved in a way that’s gadget-free and with relatively the same technology that we have right now, it feels like we get the actual answer. You’re not getting tricked or cheated with phony set pieces and overly futuristic devices. There’s something so satisfying to watch this movie and feel like it could potentially be “based on a true story” with a little stretch of the imagination.